MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on November 14 announced a 10 per cent water cut across the city for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. The civic chief has approved the proposal and declared that the water cut would be in place from November 15. The decision was taken due to the deficit in rainfall that led to a less-than-adequate water stock in the dams and lakes that supply water to Mumbai. The reservoir has water for 254 days which is 24 days less than the requirement before the onset of the next monsoon.
The seven lakes supplying drinking water to the city have received 8 per cent less water than the last year. A senior officer from the hydraulic engineering department informed that 10 per cent water cut in quantity and 15 per cent cut in supply duration will be imposed with immediate effect. The officer added, “As of now, the 10 per cent water cut will be in place and we will also make sure to maintain the pressure level in elevated areas so that there is no complaint of water shortage. We had investigated about the earlier complaints of water cuts and found that they were individual problems and not because of the less water supply from the source and we have resolved those problems.”
He also added that the water cut will continue till the further orders. Every month the committee will be informed about the status of the lakes and then a decision would be taken accordingly.